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West Michigan is heading into a deep freeze with temperatures and wind chills dropping into the single digits. Grand Rapids Heartside District and its homeless missions are extending hours and preparing additional accommodations for an influx of patrons. WGVU spoke with Mel Trotter’s Vice President of Programs, Adrienne Goodstal.

A team of Michigan wildlands firefighters is heading to California to help put out fires that have been burning across the state.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources said 20 firefighters left Wednesday and will be gone through early January. They will be on standby in the Sequoia National Forest.

The team includes 13 Michigan DNR firefighters. Seven others are from Michigan's Bureau of Indian Affairs.


People in four Michigan counties can now ask the federal government for disaster assistance. That’s after severe storms caused flood damage to Mid-Michigan in June.

People in Bay, Gladwin, Isabella and Midland counties can apply for things like small business loans and grants to help meet medical needs not covered by insurance.

“You know, unfortunately, with disaster recovery we aren’t always made whole,” said Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Captain Chris Kelenske.